The purpose of the Old Covenant was to keep the children of Israel conscious of their sins and need for God’s grace just to come close to Him. It was a type and shadow of the New Covenant based on earthly actions. The purpose of the New Covenant is to cleanse our conscience of past sins so we no longer are caught up in dead works. These two covenants were “NEVER” meant to be blended together into a hybrid religion of part faith / part personal works that is so prevalent today.
Hebrews 9:13-14, “13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Continuing from verses 11-12 is the comparison between the sacrifice of animals and the sacrifice of Jesus. Notice in verse 13 the blood of animals sprinkled on the unclean only purified the flesh. The greatest significance is understanding from Exodus and Leviticus that the children of Israel were always sacrificing for their fleshly actions. There was never a final sacrifice. The most significant difference between the two sacrifices is found in verse 14. Jesus’ sacrifice cleansed the conscience from dead works to serve the living God. What this means is we are not to constantly be focusing on repentance, but we are to focus on serving God. This goes hand in hand my teaching on relationship over religion. We do not serve God to gain righteousness as in the Old Testament, but as you fully understand what God did for through sacrificing His Son you will begin serving Him because you love and appreciate Him so much.
Under the Old Covenant the children of Israel “had” to stay conscious of any sin they may have committed by accident or intentional. Some intentional sins under the Old Testament required instant death and there was no means of repentance. By continually being conscience of their sin nature and making sacrifice they were also constantly focusing on God. Otherwise human nature takes over and they too would have ended up acting like every other human on earth and only living for the desire of the flesh.
The sole purpose of the Law of Moses was never to purify man, but at lease keep the children of Israel focusing on God till the appropriate time God could come in the likeness of sinful flesh and purify all mankind. This corresponds with what Jesus spoke in John 3:16-18, 12:31-31, & 12:47, in that He came to pay the price for all judgment against man, not condemn man. Those who do not receive Jesus are condemned already for not receiving Him, not just for their sins actions themselves. Remember God promised Abraham that through the son of promise all the earth will be blessed. Just as a reminder Isaac was the son of promise; Ishmael was created by man’s actions and God was not involved.
In the last half of verse 14 we see the term “eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God.” The only way a man could uphold all of the requirements of God against man and be able to take all of the sins of mankind on himself was for God to come to earth in the “likeness” of sinful flesh, John 1:1-3 & 14, and 1 Timothy 3:16. Jesus, born of Mary at the will of God through His Holy Spirit, was undeniably God, spiritually embodied in the baby Jesus, Luke 1:34-36. Remember; His birth was recognized later by man as splitting time, BC & AD which our calendar today reflects.
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